THE SPIRIT OF AN OLYMPIAN
THE SPIRIT OF AN OLYMPIAN
I have been watching the Olympics with great interest. At the start for some of those that have a swift take-off are leading the race while along the race their feet become heavy and those that were trailing behiond start leading. The Olympics are basically one of the biggest and toughest sport competitions in the globe both for the preparations of the athletes themselves and even for the hosting nation.
In races like these there are usually some causalities and some drop out on the way because of various reasons. It is a war and it is those with the determination, perseverance and a fighting spirit that will ultimately conquer.
Despite all these series of events along the race there is only one judgment which decides whether you deserve a medal or not. The medals are awarded according to your performance. The gold goes to the first position while the second position gets silver and a bronze for the third position. There are no strings attached to the medals and whether you started on the last lane or was last and overtook others on the way that is just the rule of the game and what matters is whether you took the medal or not.
Ecclesiastes puts it well that the race is not for the swift (Ecclesiastes 9:11). The first shall be last and the last shall be first when they cross the finish line. Life is like running a race track, some run smoothly and finish while other incur injuries that slow them down while others are downcast and throw in the towel. Remember if you abide by the rules of the game, you may meet hurdles on the way and if you cross them and beat your opponent’s time you get the medal.
Life is not an issue of what position you get but whether you finished or not and there is a crown for everyone who finish their cause. I think that is even loose as compared to the Olympics standards. Do what you are supposed to do and do not lose focus on that.
Let me give you another life example; if you did not perform well at high school and no university accepted you for that degree program that is not the end of life because that was just an injury. Do a certificate course and then move into diploma and before you know it you will be doing your degree. Now the difference between you and that folk who was accepted direct to the degree programme is that if it took three years to finish you took five years to finish but your certificates carry the same value and there is no clause written below that says “Successfully completed degree but did it in stages”. If your friend is called a graduate you are also called a graduate.
By: Wilani William Bashaki
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Very apt analogy - especially for this time. Thanks for sharing!